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CLIMATE CHANGE & RESILIENCE

Climate

/uploadedImages/Planning_and_Development/Level_3_-_Energy_and_Sustainable_Development/CAP cover image.pngIn 2006, Berkeley voters issued a call to action on the climate change challenge by overwhelmingly endorsing ballot Measure G: Reduce our entire community’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80% below 2000 levels by 2050. The Berkeley Climate Action Plan (Executive Summary) was written through a community-wide process and was adopted by City Council on June 2, 2009. 

Learn about Berkeley's progress toward achieving its Climate Action Plan goals. View the latest Berkeley Climate Action Plan 2020 Update presentation and accompanying staff report.

Vision for a more sustainable Berkeley outlined in the Climate Action Plan: Resilient Berkeley Photo Thoa Hoang

  • New and existing Berkeley buildings achieve zero net energy consumption through increased energy efficiency and a shift to renewable energy sources such as solar and wind
  • Public transit, walking, cycling, and other sustainable mobility modes are the primary means of transportation for Berkeley residents and visitors
  • Personal vehicles run on electricity produced from renewable sources or other low-carbon fuels
  • Zero waste is sent to landfills
  • The majority of food consumed in Berkeley is produced locally
  • Our community is resilient and prepared for the impacts of global warming
  • The social and economic benefits of the climate protection effort are shared across the community

In recognition of the climate crisis, the City has added additional climate goals to support implementation of the Climate Action Plan:

  • Fossil Fuel-Free Berkeley: On June 12, 2018, City Council adopted a resolution establishing the goal of becoming a Fossil Fuel-Free city (see Item 30)
  • Climate Emergency: On June 12, 2018, City Council adopted a Climate Emergency Declaration
  • Race to Zero & Net-Zero Carbon Emissions: On May 11, 2021, City Council adopted a resolution to commit to the C40 Race to Zero Campaign, including a commitment to reaching net-zero emissions in 2045 or sooner

Get involved, make the vision a reality! Join one of the working groups of the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition. The Coalition is made up of local non-profits, educational institutions, businesses, faith-based organizations, public health organizations, neighborhood groups, government agencies and committed individuals, all working together to implement the Berkeley Climate Action Plan.

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Resilience

Resilience Strategy Report CoverCreating a Resilient Berkeley

A city's resilience is defined by the ability of the community to survive, adapt and thrive no matter what acute shock or chronic challenge it experiences. Advancing Berkeley's resilience requires working together to identify solutions that have multiple benefits and address multiple challenges at once.  

Berkeley's Resilience Strategy:

On April 1, 2016, Berkeley released its Resilience Strategy, which identifies six long-term goals and short-term actions to help address some of Berkeley’s most pressing challenges. Download a low resolution (3 MB) version or high resolution (45 MB) of the Strategy. 

Goal 1: Build a connected and prepared community. Goal 2: Accelerate access to reliable and clean energy. Goal 3: Adapt to the changing climate. Goal 4: Advance Racial Equity. Goal 5: Excel at working together within city government to better serve the community. Goal 6: Build regional resilience.

What You Can Do:

In the spirit of connectedness, the Resilience Strategy is also an invitation for all residents and organizations to partner with the City government and other community leaders to build Berkeley’s resilience together. 

  • Get trained: Learn disaster preparedness skills for your household, pets and neighbors at free Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) classes.
  • Connect with local Community Resilience Centers: Find trainings and other disaster preparedness resources.
  • Know your neighbors: The City provides incentives, such as a cache of emergency supplies for neighborhood groups that work together to prepare for disasters.
  • Save water: Take advantage of incentives and assistance to help you conserve water at home and save money on your utility bill.
  • Stay informed: Find useful information to keep you and your loved ones safe during an emergency. Sign up for the City's alerting system.
Learn about the City's efforts to advance Goal 2: Accelerate Access to Reliable & Clean Energy through Berkeley's Energy Assurance Transformation (BEAT) Microgrid Project .
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